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60-70% Grenache (1960s), 15-20% Syrah, 5-10% Cinsault (both early 1980s), 0-15% Mourvèdre, often vinified separately, destemmed, 25-30 day vinification at 25-30°C, destemmed, cap punching at first, pumping overs, aged 0-33% vat, 67-100% mix new, used large 45-65 hl barrels 12-18 months, unfined, filtered, 15-25,000 b

2019

(large barrel) dark red; the bouquet rests on a sweet foundation, the fruit led by raspberry with a creamy, coulis, jelly nature to it, and a smoke-vegetal touch in back. The palate bears succulent matter, runs easily, with a smooth texture, is a plump, expansive, obvious Châteauneuf, the finale lip chomping. There is innate power underpinning it, below its coated surface, a note of kirsch on the aftertaste. It’s full, prolonged, a bit heavy, is a wine to drink only a little at a time. The finish brings notes of garrigue, herbs. Decant it. 15.5°. 30,000 b. €33 at the cellars. From 2023. 2042-44 Nov 2020

2018

full robe; the nose reflects long hang time on the vines, so the fruit is “high”, brooding, stewed, sultry. The palate has a broad landscape, holds fleshy content, a fatness that prolongs. It’s a sit-down, potent style of Châteauneuf, which can be sipped more than drunk freely. It will suit venison, wild boar, game dishes above all. You have to like this accentuated style to be at home with it. 15°. 25,000 b. 60% Gren, 20% Syr, 15% Mourv, 5% Cins. €32. From 2022-23 2041-43 Oct 2019

2017

(large barrel) quite a full red robe. Red cherry stone, kirsch notions show on the nose, along with licorice, bacon, smokiness. The palate is close-knit, bears butty from the inside content, red berry-raspberry fruit, glows towards the finish, the tannins not quite right in yet. There’s a good, thorough run along the palate. Its late strength isn’t quite in tune, but time can arrange it. 14.5°. From 2021. 2040-42 GB £285 per 12 b i/bond H2Vin quintessentially@h2vin.co.uk +44(0)203 073 6655 Nov 2018

2016

(large barrel) full red colour. The bouquet is deep and prolonged, offers serious soaked cherries’ airs with a smooth liqueur style. There is a note of oregano, basil in the back. The palate gives rolling red fruited content with spice and a little black raisin intensity from the tannins. The juice thickens as it goes. This has flair, and is an interesting wine with potential complexity. The finish is just a shade dry for now, which is the one caveat. 15°. 25,000 b. From 2021. 2036-39 Oct 2017

2015

(casks) dark red colour. The nose sits quietly, but heaves with implicit power; at present it’s based on an oily raspberry fullness, with some delicate peony-flowers in attendance. The palate is broad and thorough, holds stone fruits and a compressed content from the hot rays as it nears the finish. It has two big feet on the ground, and needs patience. It’s full of charge on the finish, really persists, has a strong munchability. I would set it aside until even 2020. 15°. 2033-35  Sept 2016 GB £222 12 b in bond H2Vin GB www.h2vin.co.uk info@h2vin.co.uk +44(0)203 478 7376

2014 ()

(casks, bottling April 2016) dark red. The nose is broad, with a little depth, leads on a subdued air of simmered black berry fruits, a small backdrop of baked plains. The palate bears minted black fruit with a smoky, licorice angle on the late moments. It ends well, running a fresh race there. All very orderly, and true to 2014. 20,000 b. €28. 65% Gren, 15% Cins, 15% Syrah, 5% Mourv. From late 2017. 2026-27 £199 12 b in bond H2Vin GB www.h2vin.co.uk Oct 2015 

2013 ()

(casks) purple-red robe, with a medium + hue. Red and dark berry fruit notes feature on the nose – there is a sense of purity and complexity here. It is fruit-centred on the palate, but pure, the fruit showing a little density and maturity. Has a tannic structure that is firm, ripe and long. Medium weight, harmonious wine. From 2017. 14.5°. 2025-27 JL Oct 2014

2012

nice full red; smoky bacon, reserved fullness on a nose of mainly red fruit – it is nicely filled and gives a lucid sense. Bright, almost brisk red fruit leads the palate, is a bit simple. The length is fair. There are burnt, more brewed notes late on. It has weight, but isn’t in a fixed position between its tannins, fruit and acidity today. The finale is sparky. Rather workmanlike. From late 2015. 14.5°. £162 12 b in bond H2Vin GB www.h2vin.co.uk 2026-27  Nov 2013

2011

dark red; 2 bottles tasted: I find Brett in the 1st. 2nd bottle: floral, iris top note on the bouquet, blackberry jam the principal feature, also licorice. Quite stylish, supple black fruit lead the palate, with a fine collection of tannins, a suggestion of power, then a dark, tar sign-off. Chunky, not overdone wine with a grainy finish. From late 2014. 2023-25  Dec 2012

2010 ()

shiny, rather dark robe. Has a smoky outer nose – a mix of entrails, big black berry fruit, a sense of “high” about the fruit, also resembles mulled raspberry, chocolate and the English sweet of Mars Bar (chocolate/caramel). The palate is robust but orderly – its compact filling has potential. It lengthens well, picks up tar and intensity as it finishes. Thorough and genuine wine. Has a large barrel or foudre style finish – tarry, a wee bit grainy tannins lie on the outside. Solid, thorough. From mid-2014. €24 at the cellars. 65% G, 15% Syr, 15% Cins, 5% Mourv this year, 100% raised in large barrel, 20,000 b. 2029-30 Dec 2011

2009

a “thick” red, quite dark colour; has a soaked, brewed air, dates, North African fruit airs. Gummy, static nature to the palate, sweet layers of fruit and cocoa, it is a USA style wine, one that wants to impress. Has a sweet, almost raisin-coconut, cocoa finish. Relatively quick evolution possible. 14.5°. 2019-20 Sept 2011 Previously Oct 2010 **(*) matt hued, quite dark robe. Sweet, scented jam, also tea aroma – this is an obvious, try-hard bouquet that spreads black fruit, violet across it. Sweet fruit bomb palate – it is blackberry flavoured, supple in texture. It is very plush and “layered” stylistically. The sweetness goes all through it, the tannins are ripe – it is made for the sweet tooth markets such as the USA. Is rather a post dinner style wine. From late 2011. 2018-20 Oct 2010

2007

1st bottle: dry, fades on palate. Bottle 2: quite full red, matt towards the top. Brewed, earthy, gummy fruit aroma, suggest red fruits and flowers. The palate is similar – it is very sealed up – this is not a good moment for the wine. The grounded, earthy flavour needs a wake-up call, is compact now. A very Grenache style, one that lacks a dorsal spine to give it snap, a feature of several of these 2007s. Can be better than this. From spring 2011. 2019-20 Nov 2009 Previously March 2009 ****(*) (final assemblage) full red robe; interesting, beguiling subtlety on the nose – very calm red stone fruits – a promising bouquet. The palate expresses agreeable simmered red fruits, its length is good, and it ticks over quietly. It is 15°, and there is the intrinsic depth that that brings, and good length. The palate has grip and quiet power, a beau wine here. To be bottled June 2009. 2020-22 March 2009

2006

(pre-bottle) fairly full red-black robe; rather reductive, farmyard or damp soil notes on the bouquet, with some raspberry and a little black fruit appearing as well. The palate`s red fruit has something of a surge in it, as if it must make a statement. Has a blackcurrant-licorice aftertaste. The finish comes in a rounded shape, curved and full. Just a bit cellar forced in feel. From mid-2010. A wine I`d like to recheck after bottling. 2020-22 Jan 2008

2005 ()

quite full red; red fruits aroma with hints of game and therefore evolution, the fruit is raspberry jam in style, some stalkiness along with it. Straightforward red fruit leads the palate – it is plain, monotone, could have more scope. Proceeds to a quite solid end, where it is grilled. This is not consecutive (tasted blind), and looking back on previous note, cannot tally matters at all – it skips around on the palate. Try again from mid-late 2009. 2016-18 June 2008 Previously Nov 2006 ***** (pre-bottle) nose mixes plum, herbs, with a floral touch, there is a smoky and pretty full underlay of ripe fruit – this shows potential. Well shaped fruit on palate – raspberry – with good cut and a clean, interesting sprinkle of tannin. Smooth textured wine in the making, length is good, its tannins ripe. Esp 2010 on. 2025-27 Nov 2006

2004

dense bouquet of good style – shows a classic mix of herbs and fruit. Typical Châteauneuf, with a floral and beguiling sweetness. Beau, elegant wine on the button. Is open now. Length is good. 2013-16 Oct 2006 Previously Dec 2005 ** (vat) has quite a big bouquet – meaty, a little extracted, violets and the air of some alcohol here. The palate is rounded, but this is an on the power wine with compact flavours. Aims for big scale in its making, is a foot down on the accelerator wine that is just a bit pushed along in the cellar. 2018-20  Dec 2005

2001 ()

(bottling next month) juicy, overt, plum fruit and spice aroma. The palate has a squeezy, rather luxurious flavour, is all in roundness, quite supple, the fruit enjoyable. Nice quiet tannins bring up the finish. Attractive wine, made with a tender touch. Especially around 2006 will it be singing. 2013-14 March 2003

2000

mainly has a dark, maturing red colour; There is a sweet tone in the red berry fruit aroma, but a pretty freshness still, and some crackly pepper on top: the bouquet is wide, and declares a lot. The palate continues well from the nose – has a good, old vine Grenache foundation. Its sweetness is tasty, and there is good STGT typicité. Holds up well on the finish, and ends on a confirmed, thorough note. Good length, good wine. 2019-21 Jan 2008

1994

matt tone to its red robe. The nose is dumb, lacks complexity, has a prune air. The palate has fair, middling depth, is quite round. Offers modest interest, but is not well underpinned. Its texture is fragile towards the finish, shows some final sweetness. OK, is in a rather commercial style. 13°. From 1999. 2006-08 Oct 1996